Competing nonprofit organizations also collaborate

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Cooperation among voluntary organizations is examined from the perspective of an Israeli project in which local voluntary organizations formed a joint forum. An analysis of questionnaires filled in by members of nine such bodies (“roundtables”) shows that cooperation among voluntary organizations may be functional in nature and not necessarily based on common goals. The degree of independence of the organizations did not affect their cooperation, but it influenced the way they looked on the “convenor” (external change agent), who played an important role in the process of interorganizational cooperation. The authors show that competition and cooperation are not mutually exclusive among voluntary organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes


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